Graphic Design & Web Development

Design - from all angles

A blog about design, though not in the strictest sense of the word. Marketing / branding resources and musings of a web and graphic designer who sees the world through Pantone-colored glasses and a 12-column responsive grid. {Subscribe to the RSS feed here: RSS}

7 Things You Need to Know Before Paying for a Website

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In 10+ years of developing websites, I’ve come across a lot of assumptions. And you know what they say about those. So if you’re in the market for a new website, the following seven questions should help make the most of the experience. Read Article »

Lessons from the Creation of the 2016 Olympics Logo

Nyla Smith | Thursday, July 28, 2016

With the summer Olympics right around the corner, I’m sure you’re excited to watch the world’s best in swimming, volleyball, and gymnastics. And the one player making an appearance at every sport? The Olympics logo, of course. Read on for the fascinating story of how the official Rio 2016 logo and font came to be, and some lessons you can learn from the process.  Read Article »

How Nike Failed at User Testing

Nyla Smith | Thursday, June 30, 2016

Business owners can learn an important lesson from Nike’s latest showing at Wimbledon. Mainly that "just do it" should never supercede "just think it through". In this case, that means designing products with the end-user in mind; which, in the world of web design, comes in the form of user testing or user experience. Read Article »

"W" is for Watermark

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Watermarks grace dollar bills, important documents, and checks and are there to prove authenticity, origin, or ownership. But what role do they play in online images and your marketing images?  Read Article »

"V" is for Vector

Nyla Smith | Wednesday, April 27, 2016

You just got off the phone with your graphic designer and your head is swimming with terms like vector, bitmap, and raster. Even though it may have sounded like it, your designer wasn’t speaking a foreign language! Let’s look at these different image types and clear up the confusion. Read Article »

The Power of One-Page Websites

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

We have all seen one-page websites in our Internet travels, but are they a trend worth latching on to? Read Article »

"U" is for User Experience: Why Your Website is Not Your Own

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

So you dropped a few grand last year on a new website. You also paid for a domain name and some web hosting, both registered in your name. Congrats! You are now the proud owner of a website. Or are you? Read Article »

"S" is for: Spec Work

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, March 01, 2016

“I decided to go into business so that I could work for free,” said no one ever. But is all free work created equal? Read Article »

Balancing Marketing with Social Responsibility

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of physics states that every action has a reaction. But you don’t have to get beaned on the head with an apple to realize the universal laws of physics also apply to marketing.  Read Article »

"Q" is for: QR Code

Nyla Smith | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

QR codes are soooo 2011. The QR code has been declared dead over and over again, but was it ever really alive? Let’s take a closer look at this misunderstood technology and you can decide for yourself. Read Article »


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